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  1. Luis Barreda
    July 21, 2010

    I was diagnosed with a hypothyroid condition nearly five years ago. My TSH levels were just ever so slightly below the “norm”, even while the T1 and T2 levels were within the normal range. She told me I would have to take a hormone supplement, which I refused to do so, of course. Instead, I made sure I got enough sleep, exercised frequently, and started eating 2 radishes every day, and frequent servings of vegetable soup containing turnips. After 3 weeks, I went to get a follow up test for thyroid function, and this time also asked for a anti-thyroid antibody count( I might miss the correct nomenclature, but you get the picture). Sure enough, my T1, T2, and TSH levels were in the normal range, but the antibody count was way above normal, which brings me to the following question: why do they keep on calling hypothyroidism an ailment of the thyroid gland, when, in reality, in most cases, is an immune system disorder. The whole treatment centers on the thyroid gland, never on the immune system, why? A similar argument can be raised about certain types of diabetes, allergies, arthritis,… every treatment I see focuses on the symptoms, never on a cure of the root cause of the manifestations being treated. All throughout my life, I have gone against conventional medical practice on innumerable conditions, be it the flu, heartburn, allergy, and I have cured myself, yes cured myself, of all of them. Is there not any money available for research that is not tied in into a money making scheme for some pharmaceutical conglomerate? Why has it not occurred to somebody in the medical research community that perhaps we might just be overwhelmed by so many immune system attackers like stress, noise, lack of exercise, too much sugar, too much food, too much TV, too many harmful non-essential chemicals in our food and water, pollution, too much unnecessary medicine among others? and then probably too little faith in our amazing body’s capacity to fight off disease. Doctors took an oath to do everything in their power to cure the patients; what they do nowadays is treat the symptoms, invariably prescribing an expensive drug, and seldom, with notable exceptions, worry about curing the patient, about finding out what could be causing him or her to be ill in the first place. Most of the time, life style changes would prevent if not correct most illnesses, but that would not generate income for either the doctor or the drug companies.

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  2. angela Livernois
    June 24, 2011

    It sound so easy the way that Luis Barreda put it but when you are 71 years old, it’s not so easy. I eat what I’m suppose to get slim, but it doesn’t work. I’ve dieted all my life, so, my metabolism is zero now. Got any suggestions?

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    • Bette
      June 24, 2011

      Angela, what nobody tells us is dieting makes hash out of our endocrine system. But you can’t undo yesterday, so let’s talk about today. First off, if you’re not on a good vitamin/mineral program, you won’t have energy. And while I have only the information in your comment, my guess would be that you have low stomach acid, so you’ll never lose weight. And you may well have a digestive system that insists on doing the fandango. Low stomach acid has the same symptoms as high stomach acid, so you can end up with an antacid prescription–making everything worse.

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  3. dorothea Joyce
    December 31, 2012

    Dr. Oz tells you to beware of companies but he doesn’t endorse anyone. Where can I order:

    The Green Coffee Bean, and
    Idoral

    I am 70 years young living on two checks a month, so price is a factor too.
    Please respond:
    dorotheajoyce@gmail.com

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    • Bette
      January 1, 2013

      Oh, yikes! A supplement here and another there doesn’t get the job done, so I’m not a fan of this question. That said, let’s take a look-see.

      Green coffee beans are hype. With lots of advertising, but no real science, they’re about money.

      Iodoral, though, is a great supplement that’s widely available on-line. As long as you use the name Iodoral, you’ll get the good stuff.

      But it works better as part of a vitamin/mineral team than as the Lone Ranger.

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